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What's The Right Heating Solution For You?

What's The Right Heating Solution For You?

Finding the right heating solution can be challenging and with chilly mornings and evenings starting it is a timely reminder that winter is coming.

Often heating solutions depend on your needs and home. Some people like warmer houses than others in winter. Some people are home all day while some people are only home in the evening. Some people have large homes while some people have smaller homes.

There is not a one size fits all. We thought the pros and cons from Energywise was a great help for those thinking about their heating options.

Heat Pumps

Good for:

  • low running costs (when you use them properly)
  • producing instant heat
  • convenience - you can control the temperature with the thermostat and use the timer.

Be aware that:

  • they must be sized correctly - for the space and the climate - to work well (if you live in a colder area, ask the supplier to size the heat pump based on its low temperature performance)
  • some are a lot more efficient than others - look for the Energy Rating Label (the more stars, the more energy efficient)
  • they won't work during a power cut.


Electric heaters

Good for:

  • heating smaller spaces, like bedrooms
  • very cheap to buy.

Be aware that:

  • they are more expensive to run than most other heating options
  • their heat output is low compared to most other heater types
  • all electric heaters are equally efficient as they convert all the electricity they use into useful heat
  • there are different types (radiant, convection, fan) that deliver heat in different ways to suit different situations
  • many have built-in thermostats, but generally they aren't very accurate.

Central heating

Good for:

  • providing heating for your entire house
  • convenience - you can control the temperature with the thermostat and use the timer
  • zoning - many are zone-controlled so you can control the temperature in different parts of the home.

Be aware that:

  • Can be expensive to install
  • heat can be supplied by a range of heating systems for example gas, wood pellet or heat pump
  • it’s worth choosing a system that has an individual thermostat for each room
  • can be very expensive to run if your house isn't well insulated or is draughty.

Modern woodburners

Good for:

  • the environment - the pellets are made from waste products and burn cleanly
  • heat control (better than a wood burner)
  • heating large spaces
  • heating hot water in winter through a wetback system.

Be aware that:

  • unless you get an optional battery backup, they won't work if your electricity isn't working (they use a small amount of electricity)
  • you cannot burn firewood in a pellet burner
  • you need a building consent to install one
  • only authorised burners can be used in areas with poor air quality

Flued gas (natural or LPG) heaters or fireplaces

Good for:

  • convenience - you can control the temperature with the thermostat and use the timer
  • heating large spaces.

Be aware that:

  • you will have to pay a fixed charge for reticulated gas supply (if you don't already)
  • running costs are relatively high if you use LPG bottles
  • while burning gas is relatively clean, the greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change
  • you must have your gas heater installed by a registered gas fitter.

Unflued gas (natural or LPG) heaters, including portable gas heaters

Good for:

  • back-up heating during power cuts, if your normal heating relies on electricity to operate.

Be aware that:

  • Unflued portable gas heaters are the most expensive form of heating (except for some open fires)
  • there are health risks - it will pollute air with toxic gases and large amounts of water vapour, so you must keep at least one window open when it’s in use and never use in bedrooms
  • they can make your home damp and mouldy
  • portable gas heaters can be a fire risk, as anything too close can quickly catch alight.

Introducing the new Panasonic ‘Aero Series’ air conditioner

The Hillmac team are keen to introduce you to the new Panasonic ‘Aero Series’ air conditioner. It might be the heating solution you are looking for this winter.

The Aero Series is slim and sleek offering a new style that is 42mm slimmer than previous models and offers remote controller with precise temperature control.

The Intelligent Eco Sensors are also a real bonus and make the Panasonic ‘Aero Series’ a real standout. The sensors benefits are:

  • Absence detection – reduces cooling and heating power when you are not around
  • Sunlight detection – adjusts cooling and heating power to changes in sunlight intensity
  • Temperature wave – rhythmic temperature-controlled pattern to save energy without sacrificing comfort
  • Area search – directs airflow to wherever you are in the room
  • Active detection – adapts coding and heating power to your daily activities

Hillmac are proud to be offering sales and installation of the Panasonic air conditioning range. Please contact us on (06) 877 9156 to enquire


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